I don’t know about you but I’ve had my fair share of occasions where I was in deperate need of a quick shave – especially now during the summer when anytime is beach time. Gilette has done it once again and created another genius product: The
The video below features Tessa Violet who’s helping spread the word on The Venus Snap with the catchy Venus Snap song. The adorable video blogger’s jingle is about a collection of oops-moments we all have and why the Gillete Venus Snap is an essential must have in any girls beauty survival kit. If it were up to me this baby would come as a bonus gift with swimsuits, travel kits and even in gym bags – I’d buy it! Follow all the fun on all of their social pages (see links below).
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When it’s hot and humid out I like to keep things simple. I want my summer beauty products to be able to be long lasting and portable because my Summer’s are busy and fun. Below are some of my must have items all under $20. I didn’t include amoisturizer on purpose, I have extremely oily skin and have yet to find one that doesn’t make me break out so right now I’m just using the Clarins Double Serum that I was sent to review (read about it here) it leaves my face incredibly soft and so far I have not broken out or really needed any moisturizer.
1. Here in Florida sunscreen is a year round must have and I always carry Neutrogena’s pure & free baby sunscreen for me and my kids. $8.99 available at
2. I do not lay out and tan so I love me a good self tanner. This one from avon gives the best sunkissed glow, smells so yummy and leaves my skin SO SO soft and it’s on sale for only $4.99 right now. Great price to stock up! Sale price $4.99 at
3. Self tanners and skin scrubs go hand in hand. They will give you smooth skin and help ensure a even tan from your tanning lotion. This one from Victoria Secret is hands down one of the best I’ve tried it’s $18 but one bottle can last all summer. Smoothing Scrub – $18 at
4. I’m a lip balm addict and have a ton of them on hand all of the time but the one that gets the most use is eos. eos lip balm $3.29 at
5. I use Nivea’s cherry lip balm under the eos for a pretty pink lip and at night I wear it under lip gloss – love it! $2.99 at
6. Creme eye shadows are the best for summer! These creme eye shadows fro Mary Kay last ALL day even in Florida heat. Plae Blush and Taupe are my favorite colors for a simple smoky eye. Mary Kay creme eye shadows – $14 at
7. Finishing dust is an absolute must. This one has a slight yellow tint, so it offsets redness and dark circles! On a good day I can skip my foundation it’s amazing. $14 at
8. Just enough color and not too much shimmer. Photo Ready Bronzing Powder – $10.97 at
9. My go to mascara – Cover Girl Lash Blast – $7.98 at
10. On those days where I can’t manage a mani I dab a little cuticle oil on my cuticle and throw on some clear polish. L’occitane cuticle oil – $18 at
I’m not one to wear tons and tons of makeup. My makeup routine is pretty simple: a dusting of powder foundation, a dab of bronzing powder and lots of mascara. But I noticed after having Joseph that my makeup routine was not cutting it – my skin was dull and just overall blah due to all the pregnancy hormones. In addition to replacing all those cups of coffee with water, I’ve been looking for a product that would allow my skin to breathe and shine on its own. Which is why I was super excited to be offered the 30 of beautiful challenge and try the new Clarins Double Serum! I’ve been a fan of Clarins for many many years and I’ve heard amazing stuff about the Double Serum.
Clarins Double Serum is powered by 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules—Double Serum’s innovative, dual chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skin’s vital functions and promising results in just 4 weeks. I wanted to give this product a really fair shot so I went without makeup and moisturizer during the 30 days (only during my days at home) and let the product really do its thing.
I religiously applied it after washing my face in the morning and at night. One of my favorite things about the double serum is the smell – it’s divine and exactly like you’d expect any Clarins products to smell – rich ! I gave it a couple of days before I started to analyze my skin but I could literally feel it working. My skin immediately felt more plump and softer. Within 2 weeks it was noticeably brighter to the point where I was able to skip my foundation and that’s when I was hooked! After the full 30 days my pores and small fine lines were less noticeable. And it didn’t aggravate my sensitive oily skin which is a HUGE plus for me.
I realize that no amount of makeup or beauty product will ever match natural beauty but there comes a time in life when you need a little help, and Clarins Double Serum definitely does the trick and then some! So glad I tried this out – it has inspired me to keep up my new skin regiment and wear even less makeup.
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My favorite nail polishes are the dark vampy type: it can be a deep dark green, a oxblood burgundy or the new classic black. This week I decided to mix my favorite forest green by cosmetic arts that I bought at Ross for only $1.99. It’s amazing I love that it’s really smooth and barely needs a second coat and I also used Revlon’s Nail Art in ulterior motif. I normally would have done the green on it’s own but it’s Halloween this week and my birthday is the day after so I wanted something a little more fun and what better way than with sparkles! Below are the steps to my mani.
What I used:
Revlon Ulterior Motif
Wet n Wild Clear Polish
Cosmetic Art #34
1. I applied one thick coat of clear polish.
2. Two coats of the green (only half the nail on the ring fingers) and let dry.
3. Apply 3 coats of the sparkle end of Ulterior Motif to the ring fingers.
4. After all the nails are dry lights brush the sparkle along the sides of nails. I formed a v to create a pattern but it’s also very pretty if you apply sporadically.
If you’re like me and love trying out new beauty brand products then the
Give yourself a mini facial with the three piece sample by GMDANSU. It contains an herbal mask with sheep placenta, serum and moisturinzing cream. This was probably my favorite sample – it left my skin SO soft, refreshed and the serum smells amazing!
The Laneige sleeping pack is a night time treatment that’s perfect for those with oily acne prone skin like me. It’s really unlike most night time moisturizers and again it smells amazing! I used it a few times and didn’t have any issues with breaking out and that’s a big deal because my skin gets really oily at night and breaks out even more when I’m pregnant.
Skin Food Whitening Gift Set contains toner and emulsion. Omija herb complex naturally lightens and evens skin tone.
The Juicy Mask Sheets are self explanatory. I LOVE having tons of different masks handy for those stressful days where my skin needs a little pampering.
This well sized sample of Hot Burning body gel is definitely not enough to help me out so I didn’t give it a great shot but it’s ridiculously refreshing for long days on your feet and like every other product in the box it has a great scent. Not sure if it will really help my body lines lol but it is One of the best pampering products in the box.
Innisfree Green Tea Serum. The active ingredient of green tea seed locks moisture right next to the skin’s surface, while panthenol and batain boost skin’s natural ability to produce moisture. I decided to give this one a shot before applying my makeup and it worked like a charm! Smoothes on evenly and dried quickly.
All in all this is a luxurious beauty sample box worth way more than $25 and gives you a months worth of pampering – I definitely recommend it. For more information on the products or the beauty box click
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.
I’m on a first name basis with the beauty consultant at Walgreens (Brenda) and have been for quite a few years. She’s always so helpful and quick to point out any new products that I might like. So when I was asked to review some Neutrogena products I was so excited! Brenda knows I love me my mascara and the fact that I go through an enormous amount, so as soon as I asked her which Neutrogena products she would recommend her immediate response was the NEUTROGENA® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I then told her that with the summer heat starting to get a bit intense my current eyeliner was smudging way too easily – so she recommended NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Eyeliner (and because she knows me so well she grabbed Neutrogena’s new revitalizing lip balm as well).
The NEUTROGENA® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are amazing! I wish I could have gotten the tub but they were out so I got the refill pack instead. Because I have sensitive eyes, I buy tons of cleansing towelettes and most other products are dry and scratchy. These were so soft and it slid my makeup right off which is important for me because I use a lot of mascara. The towelettes did the job! They were strong enough to remove it all but sensitive enough for my eyes.
When Neutrogena says its eyeliner won’t fade boy do they mean it! I really put the NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Eyeliner to the test. I did my usual cat eye and it glided so effortlessly that it made my usual clumsy job look flawless! Then I headed out for a night of dancing and it lasted all night even through my sweating. 🙂
The NEUTROGENA® Revitalizing Lip Balm was probably my favorite item and I’m so happy Brenda pointed it out. It’s got all the bells and whistles wrapped into one handy lip balm: it leaves my lips soft, has a slight tint and is SPF 20 (which is a must for me all year round). I’m hooked!
I usually try to keep myself to a monthly visit to Walgreens because I can be dangerous in there and also because I like to accumulate as many points on my Walgreens balance rewards card. I think I have a good $10 or $15 dollars on it right now which I plan on using for my next trip there for the Night at the W. The Night at the W at Walgreens is the ultimate in-store event. It provides a chance for ladies to speak directly with a Walgreens specially trained beauty advisor about facial skin care and cosmetics. The event will also give consumers an opportunity to get great deals on Neutrogena facial skin care and towelettes and free samples (while supplies last) AND customers will have an opportunity to enter the Night at the W “Expect the Unexpected” sweepstakes when they purchase participating Neutrogena products (qualifying products listed below).
ONE GRAND PRIZE winner will receive trip for two (2) to Arizona, five (5) nights’ accommodations at Amara Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa. This fabulous retreat includes breakfast at the hotel daily, ground transportation, a $1,000 allowance for spa treatments and dinner at Cucina Rustica. FIFTY (50) FIRST PRIZE winners will receive a $50 Walgreens gift card. TEN (10) SECOND PRIZE winners will receive A NEUTROGENA® gift basket
The sweepstakes begin May 22, 2013 at 12:00AM Eastern Time and ends on May 29, 2013 at 11:59PM ET. Entrants only accepted at the Night at the W event
Qualifying Neutrogena Products:
NEUTROGENA® Revitalizing Lip Balm
NEUTROGENA® Rapid Wrinkle Repair™ Moisturizer
NEUTROGENA® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Walgreens Night at the W – Expect the Unexpected
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Walgreens via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walgreens.